Lakers add Rondo, renounce rights to Randle

Posted July 03, 2018

Randle's wife, Kendra, broke the news via Twitter.

This new team surrounding LeBron James seems to be a bit of a weird fit.

The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, added Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

With free agency just one day in, the Los Angeles Lakers are clearly not done dealing. James told Los Angeles executives this week he likes Ball's game and "is excited to play with him", according to ESPN. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat. He also has played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls.

The 32-year-old most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans and has proven to been one of the best passing point guards of his generation. He isn't expected back until the beginning of next year.

Ball and Rondo, who appear to have redundant skill sets, are likely to compete for the starting position during camp, assuming the Lakers don't have plans to include Ball in a possible trade. Would Los Angeles free up space to go get, say, DeMarcus Cousins, or put a major offer sheet in front of Clint Capela?

However, with a minimum of effort, the Lakers could have a max deal available to lure top-tier free agents next summer.

ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said Rondo will make $9 million.

The report also stated that Randle will have a player option in the second year of his deal. His progression since he was drafted out of Kentucky with the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft raised eyes in his fourth NBA season.